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Baroni Not the Best Eva; Hose Wins ICON Sport Title

Kala Kolohe Hose roasted Phil Baroni like a pig at a luau (take that, Ranallo) last night at the Neal S. Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu, defeating the “New York Bad Ass” via TKO due to punches early into the fifth round and winning ICON Sport’s middleweight title. Baroni was dominant in the first round, taking the Hawaiian brawler to the mat right away and brutalizing him with strikes from the top. But Hose managed to hang in, and Baroni appeared gassed for the rest of the fight. In the second round, after Hose was warned for striking Baroni in the back of the head, Baroni leaned over with his hands on his knees and desperately sucked air; in the third round, he came out with his hands down. Hose pounded on Baroni through the third and fourth rounds, and at one point during the fourth, Baroni actually crawled under the bottom rope to escape the onslaught; he was deducted a point. Hose put Baroni out of his misery in the fifth, dropping the NYBA with a punch and finishing him on the ground. The fight was called at the 0:26 mark.

Baroni was attended to by paramedics before being taken to a hospital. As Baroni’s manager Ken Pavia told Sherdog, “Phil’s alert, he’s responsive. It was a tough fight, but he’ll physically be OK…I guess perhaps we underestimated his ability to get in shape in a short period of time, [Baroni] didn’t have it in the gas tank for five and Kala came up and fought a great fight.” Hose, who increased his record to 6-1, called the match “the best fight of my life.” Logically, his first title defense should be against former champion Robbie Lawler as soon as Lawler can get healthy.

We hadn’t heard of any of the other 24 fighters on the “To Hell and Back” card, but if you’re interested in the results, they’re after the jump.

Jeremy Williams def. Auggie Padeken via KO, 2:18 into round 1
Sadhu Bott def. Bronson Pieper via submission (armbar), 4:41 into round 1
Russell Doane def. Tyson Nam via TKO (punches), 3:51 into round 1
Koa Ramos def. Wayne Perrin via submission (rear naked choke), 1:29 into round 1
Ross Ebanez def. Brennan Kamaka via TKO (corner stoppage), 0:09 (!) into round 1
PJ Dean def. Eddie Rincon via unanimous decision
Matt Comeau def. Elias Delos Reyes via TKO (punches), 2:35 into round 2
Alan Lima def. David Padilla via unanimous decision
Dwayne Haney def. Zach Rapal via submission (choke), 2:27 into round 1
Ricky Wallace def. Brandon Pieper via submission (guillotine choke), 0:37 into round 1
Jay Bolos def. Nui Wheeler via submission (armbar), 1:26 into round 2
Kona Ke def. Micah Ige via submission (rear naked choke), 1:45 into round 1

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Surf- March 16, 2008 at 4:25 pm
When are you guys gonna put up video of the fight...or at least the highlights of Baroni looking like a gassed out hag?!?!?!?
hankd- March 16, 2008 at 4:49 am
Williams has something...glad to see him back in MMA after taking some time off...
gizzy- March 15, 2008 at 11:33 pm
What did you all think of Jeremy Williams the ex boxer (with a really good record) who know in the MMA?
bump- March 15, 2008 at 6:42 pm
The "best eva"? At 10-9-0 Baroni is the "best slightly more than fiddy percent of da time"
da bomb- March 15, 2008 at 6:37 pm
Baroni, Baroni, Baroni....Time to put down the weights and hit the cardio a lil bit huh? Phil will never be a top fighter, but he certainly has the potential to be a good fighter, but as long as he shows up to fights out of shape he is going to continue to get his ass plastered all over the mat. Its a shame
rheindog- March 15, 2008 at 6:35 pm
Baroni licks bag. He is just a big ignorant bully that gets pounded on regularly. He's terrible.
rheindog- March 15, 2008 at 6:31 pm
oh god, that was such a depressing performance. He was kicking ass the first round... but you can tell he knew he had no gas... he did the same take down thing with nishijima. It's stupid to take fights if your not in shape. Pisses me offf, i was looking forward to him being back and on track, and the first round showed he had the skills, not the gas... which isn't a first time thing, so its like dude, your gonna have to step up the game or just quit. Theres no way he shouldve lost, no excuses.